We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Off topic a bit: The US Postal Service has come out with their Christmas Stamps. No where on these stamps is the word Christmas. This goes back to 1962 when they first started issuing Christmas stamps. Usually they put the word Christmas with the Madonna and Child stamp. That stamp this year has been replaced by an Angel and a Lute without the word Christmas.
Thomas Jefferson may have said that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights", but he knew perfectly well that history didn't support that position. Most people have lived under some degree of tyranny. It is only in the last fifty years or so that, planetwide, more people have lived under "free" or "mostly free" governments. Historically, kings and oligarchs and juntas have ruled as they saw fit and rarely done it well.
I don't know exactly where Jefferson got the idea of our Creator and unalienable rights. But it is true that the governments of the colonies had been based on the rights of Man as expounded by the Enlightenment writers and that the kings of England had been acknowledging rights since before the Magna Carta.
However you read history before the Declaration and the Constitution, our founding documents make clear that the governments of the US do not grant rights, they recognize and respect and protect them. Or they are supposed to.
As for His Hopeful Changeness failing to acknowledge our Creator -- I've never thought he was a Muslim and I still don't. I think his altar has a mirror. I'm more bothered by his dishonesty about spirtual matters than by the omission.
Marvelous indeed, yall have a inside take of Thomas Jefferson's knowledge of history, boy.
Me thinks, history shows Jefferson got his ideas from a life long association with men of letters who were Bible educated Christians not afraid to employ their own reason.
One, John Adams wrote;
Let the pulpit resound with the doctrines and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear the danger of thralldom to our consciences from ignorance, extreme poverty, and dependence, in short, from civil and political slavery. Let us see delineated before us the true map of man. Let us hear the dignity of his nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God, — that consenting to slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, as offensive in the sight of God as it is derogatory from our own honor or interest or happiness, — and that God Almighty has promulgated from heaven, liberty, peace, and good-will to man!
Christian's God Almighty is the source and inspiration of the American Declaration of Independence.